Market to get share in rebuild contract

Cost discussions continue on rebuilding the East Riffa Central Market

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By  Conrad Egbert Published  February 25, 2006

Approximately US $5.3 million (BD2 million) has been allocated for a new central market in the Southern Governorate in Bahrain. The new 16,000 m2 market, proposed for the Hanninyah Valley, will also include a shopping mall similar to the Marina Mall in the Manama Central Market. It will replace the current East Riffa Central Market. The project is still under discussion by the Southern Municipal Council’s technical committee, which believes that the cost could be more than that originally allocated. The municipality has prepared designs for the new market, and work on the project will begin once it is approved by the council and granted the budget by the government. Councillors are also discussing building six new toilets at the market after traders and customers complained that current facilities were old and unusable. The council and the municipality agreed to allocate $106,000 to build the new toilets by next month. Council chairman Khalid Al Buainain said that despite recent maintenance work, the current market was in bad shape. “We have received many complaints about the market from people in the area, who feel that the place should be razed,” he said. “The council has tried its best to fix the place and will continue to do so until the new market is approved. “The tiles are very old, the sewerage holes are blocked most of the time, the place has cracked walls and holes in the ceiling. “The Manama Central Market is being properly looked after, while ours is neglected and nothing is being done about it.”

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